“Operating Room” by Kimberly Casey

“Operating Room” by Kimberly Casey

Operating Room

Lay your spine down on the marble slab
And count backwards from 1988
Ticking off years for every generation before
Your family called you into existence.

Place your palms face down and draw up
The cool beneath you, into agape pores
Hesitation before the final inhale
Eyes unlock and roll within.


Doctor deems body a minefield
    Uncovering metal & mortar

Woman withdrawn burden
    Extract weapons on site

Doctor say woman will grow
    Into a wanting split shell

Woman say doctor don’t
    Know this breaking thing well


Here you are stripped bare, treated and trying
It all doesn’t have to make sense to you,
No one in this room has ever owed you anything.
Wrap up in paper. Try to sleep.

Kimberly Casey is a Massachusetts native who received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She has since moved to Huntsville, Alabama where she founded Out Loud HSV – a spoken word and literary arts collective dedicated to creating a welcoming platform for language, writing, and communication to flourish. Her work has appeared in Red Fez, Hypertrophic Literary and The Corvus Review, among others.

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